Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
What inspired your interest in fashion design?
I spent many of my childhood days in Johnny’s Tailor, my grandfather’s alterations shop in Kapahulu. I remember watching him in his tiny and cluttered shop, making a living and fulfilling his passion. Little did I know at the time that I would be following a similar path as him in fashion design. Throughout my adolescence, fashion has been my outlet of expression. I constantly experimented with different DIY crafts to create new styles and looks. Although I was highly interested in fashion, I have never considered it as an option for a college degree or a career until I attended Fashion Design and Merchandising courses at UH Manoa. My first college degree is in French Language and Literature, however, I decided to take FDM courses as electives. I loved the technicality and hands on experience that the classes provided and decided to list it as my second major. My passion, understanding, and interest is constantly growing for this industry.
After graduating, what endeavors do you plan to pursue?
For the past few years, as a working college student, traveling has been sitting on the back burner. So after graduation, I am looking forward to traveling to different destinations and searching for fabrics around the world. In the long run, I plan on creating more collections and working towards building my own brand. I hope to contribute to Hawaii’s local fashion industry as an established designer one day.